Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Orlando with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Well markes ans beautiful trail!

Great trail as many have said cannot access the main trail head during school hours, and I’ve even not been Able to get in on a Saturday

I now like enter through the neighborhood down town center
Hunters vista (see my recording for waypoint)

Always very secluded and have seen:

Cottonmoths
Alligators w/babies
Deer
Owls
Plenty of birds
Raccoons and a fox

walking
23 days ago

It’s a nice miles walk around the lake. Lots of swans and other birds to see and snap some photos of.

hiking
1 month ago

Sometimes this trail has very thick grass and it is difficult to walk or ride a bicycle through. Not really that much wildlife either ... good for a walk but that is about it.

walking
1 month ago

A nice walk located in the middle of Orlando. Lots of swans, ducks, geese, and other birds. Lots of homeless people sleeping too. Someone also asked my boyfriend if he sold weed ... (no he doesn’t lol).

walking
1 month ago

A nice little trial around a clean man made Lake/pond. The trail is completely done now and it is a loop. There is still construction on the road next to the trail, but it doesn’t effect the trail at all.

The rail head was well marked behind the school. The beginning was as expected for central Florida. The rest of the rail was in the open and followed the service road under the power transmission lines. Several varieties of birds along the path, a few butterflies, turtles and a snake crossed our path.

1 month ago

Not sure I would call it a trail, but it's a great walk with friends or family, a scenic piece of Orlando, with events all the time and a farmers market every Sunday it's a must do.

trail running
2 months ago

Great place to go for a walk and run, but no so good for roller blade. I wish they re-do the trail with the concrete/asphalt to make it smooth. The other side by the bridge is very good to roller blade on.

It's an ok trail. Not maintain so you will feel like some parts of the trail might knot even be a trail. There isn't much shade or wooded areas. Its a lot of open space. For walking or just hiking a trail is ok.

Definitely agree with others here, not a whole lot of shade. The trail is mainly made up of loose dirt so be ready for that as well. The map is misleading so if you wanna deviate make sure you know where you are. Other than that it was a lovely trail and got to see two deer, tortoise, a boar, amongst other animals. The ponds are also a great sight! Highly recommend.

Small trail but great sites. I have cotton mouths and two white squirrels there.

Trash everywhere and borders a rough neighborhood. Not nearly as peaceful or serene as what you might be looking for. Since I have to give it 1 star, I'll say it is because the birds are plentiful, other then that this was not an enjoyable walk by any means. I will not ever consider bringing my family here.

Pros:

This trail is very rustic and beautiful and you are likely to see a lot of wildlife, especially if you go around dawn.

I was there early one morning and saw several deer, two large owls, and several wild turkeys.

I love how fresh and clean the air smells and the trail follows Shingle Creek for a while.

If you live anywhere near this trail, it's just a nice place to get away from all the busyness of orlando without having to drive too far.


Cons:

1) Access is limited. You can only visit the trail certain hours, since parking is behind a middle school and the gate is closed at certain times. It's best to visit google maps, as they have the exact hours posted. Lookup: Shingle Creek Trailhead.

If you can't access the trail because the school gate is closed, there is a back entrance to the trail located in a neighborhood 10 min west of the school trailhead. Lookup "Millenium Waves" on google maps. The trail entrance is just east of it on Tarragona Drive. The only downside to this entrance is that you will have to walk about a mile to get to the wooded section of the trail behind the middle school. It's a scenic and peaceful walk though, and everyone I've met so far has been very friendly.

2) The trail is very secluded. If you at all don't feel safe by yourself, you'll definitely want to bring someone with you.

could not get to the trailhead from the middle school. The bus lane to the back of the school was gated and locked on a Sunday. Tried walking through the school but would have to walk through school gym and hallways. Did not feel comfortable doing that.

good for the main purpose of getting my dog out of the house for a bit. and logging some miles for my 100 mile challenge. easy and quick. lots of birds if you're interested. not very crowded. a few cactus plants but road has recently been mowed.

Frisby Good was ok, but course was unkept and I brushed a plant that caused me welts on my legs. Saw a snake on my way to pick up a disc.

walking
5 months ago

Great walk for me and my roommates dog!! Pretty little view although it does not go fully in a circle there is a dead end and then you come back. Great fresh air, Ongoin construction

trail running
5 months ago

nice, mostly paved trail through College Park/Winter Park area. passes by museums and the science center. crosses a few streets, 2-3 busy ones, but it has great views and shade.
from a little business area, to the cultural area, to a residential neighborhood.
wouldn't run it at night but great for a day time run then stop in Winter Park for a post run snack.

walking
5 months ago

Just an FYI, this also goes by the name Orlando Urban Trail. There is lots to see and lots to love on this path!

Boring trail. Very little wildlife. Some birds, crab shells and not much else.

on Cruickshank Trail

6 months ago

This trail is flat but very open. Lots of high grass and cactus to have to navigate around. We saw a lot more wildlife on the Blackpoint Drive in than we did on this trail. I would not consider this trail kid-friendly due to the heat and the cactus and high grasses. The parts closest to the parking area are fairly hard packed, but the back part of the loop did have high grasses; and multiple washouts. I"m sure the hurricanes this summer have effected the maintenance schedule which probably explains the high grasses that have to be navigated.

hiking
7 months ago

great time away from the city.

Great morning trail run! Did not see a single soul until returning to trailhead. Not as much wildlife as expected but was still beautiful!

mountain biking
8 months ago

The beginning of the trail is by far the best! I'm not sure why there are so many complaints about the power lines, easy terrain through there and this trail is tucked in an urban area. There is plenty of wildlife here, saw about 10 deer swim across Shingle Creek upstream and about 15 alligators. 3 were more on the mature side and the rest babies. Plenty of parking and moderate traffic on the trail. The back loop could have been mowed for easier biking but still a great time overall!

8 months ago

I love Lake Eola Park. It seems like there is always something going on. Farmers market, awareness walks, concerts and events. Park for the kids. restaurants nearby and paddle boats. An oasis in the middle of the craziness that is Orlando.

nature trips
8 months ago

The perfect escape in Orlando! Beautiful sights and peacefulness can be found here but do come prepared with water, sunscreen, and a hat. Most of the trails have little shade and can get very hot! Also, make sure you wear shoes that you don't mind getting dirty because a lot of the ground is soft beach like sand. Part of the trail connects to Moss Park and you can find much needed trees and shade in the blue colored trail with a great dock that overlooks a lake.

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